Bail denied for Pa. man accused of Obama threat

AP News
Posted: Sep 19, 2013 9:48 AM

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has denied bail for a northeastern Pennsylvania man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama last month.

Authorities say 42-year-old Nicholas Savino of Clarks Summit sent an email to the White House on Aug. 16 calling Obama the Antichrist and threatening to shoot him. He was arrested a week later, just before Obama visited nearby Scranton.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( ) says defense attorney Paul Ackoury sought Savino's release on Wednesday.

Ackoury acknowledged that authorities found a lot of ammunition at Savino's home but said that was because he feared a weapons ban.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Thomas Blewitt rejected the request, calling the reported 11,000 rounds "an outrageous amount of ammunition."

Ackoury said after the hearing that he didn't believe his client posed any threat.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,